Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Life: No One Gets Out Alive

(Image from Daily Beast)
Game of Thrones author George R. Martin, on why he kills off so many main characters:
"the truth is, as we say in Game of Thrones, all men must die,” he said. “You can’t write about war and violence without having death. If you want to be honest it should affect your main characters.

We’ve all read this story a million times when a bunch of heroes set out on adventure and it’s the hero and his best friend and his girlfriend and they go through amazing hair-raising adventures and none of them die. The only ones who die are extras. That’s such a cheat. It doesn’t happen that way."

"you should be honest about death and indicate it can strike down anybody at any time,” Martin said. “You don’t get to live forever just because you are a cute kid or the hero’s best friend or the hero. Sometimes the hero dies, at least in my books."
It's okay for a fictional world to be utterly fantastical, yet it must be "realistic" in that it remain true to its own rules. If this dichotomy were easy to navigate, there would be many more bestselling authors.

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